Skip to comments.Connecticut son reportedly wants to evict 98-year-old mother
Posted on 02/17/2012 9:05:08 AM PST by rawhide
A Connecticut mother reportedly received an unusual gift for her 98th birthday from her eldest son -- eviction papers.
Mary Kantorowski, who has lived in the same Fairfield, Conn., home since 1953, is now facing eviction from her yellow, Cape Cod-style home valued at $333,410, the Connecticut Post reports. Her son Peter Kantorowski, 71, a retired taxidermist, said he's doing it for her own good.
"She would be better off living with people her own age," he told the newspaper.
According to Probate Court records, Mary Kantorowski and her husband, John, agreed to transfer the house to a trust administered by Peter Kantorowski on the condition that Mary would live there until her death, and upon her death, the house would go to Peter and his younger brother, Jack, the newspaper reports.
In July 2005, however, Peter Kantorowski quitclaimed the house from that trust to another he and his wife control, giving him ownership of the house. Six years later, in Dec. 13, 2011, his mother's 98th birthday, Peter Kantorowski had his mother served with eviction papers.
"This is just a despicable situation," said Richard Bortolot Jr., a Stratford lawyer appointed by Fairfield Probate Judge Daniel Caruso to represent Mary Kantorowski. "Mary has been living here happily paying all the expenses for the house and now her son, Peter, comes along and is telling her, 'Get the hell out,' so he can sell it."
"My husband worked hard, difficult jobs to buy this house," Mary Kantorowski told the Connecticut Post. "He built the garage and did a lot of work on the house and he told me never to leave it."
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Their info comes from court records and interviews with the involved parties, so it's easily checkable.
They want outrage. They want the government to run our lives because mean men steal from their own mothers.
The son is trying to get the government to evict his mother from her own private home and place her into a state-supported facility.
If the agenda behind this article was promoting big government, they chose an unlikely hero in this man.
The son could be innocent of your charges.
Only if there's a massive conspiracy against him that includes the collusion of his entire family, his attorneys, his mother's attorneys, the county clerk, the county sheriff, the local newspaper and the state judiciary.
He tried to get slick and he got caught.
The root cause of Peter’s evil behavior is most probably his lack of retirement assets. He is probably trying to make it on his monthly Social Security check. This will not support him in the manner that he envisioned while working, eying his mother’s house, and waiting for her to die so he could come into possession of his retirement plan.
Alas, she has lived much to long and at 71 and male, he feels that his time is elapsing as well. He got impatient and did something evil.
While that property may be assessed at 300K today after the real estate bubble burst, its market value is higher and it may have fetched double that in the late 90s as the Greenwich hedge fund explosion took off.
The house is right off 95, a 15 minute drive from Greenwich.
He may have thought: "No need to save - in a few years I'll get a check for a few hundred grand."
Also, I did a little searching. She moved into the house in 1953. Cape Cods on her street from the 1950s are listed at over $400K and they seem to have an average of 1,050 square feet.
So, in this case, this one case, the media does excellent work?
Yeah, there are always sleazeballs around, who are more interested in their inheritance than they are in their parents’ well-being. We had a local guy, who had right of attorney for his mother and “invested” all her money in his own home. He’s now in jail.
In this case, with a property that is only worth, $400,000, the assisted living arrangements would cost more than the property is worth, unless he was just going to put her in some group home.
This article could have been much better (like explaining how a quitclaim works) and given more details.
It's hardly an "excellent" article.
But it does contain assertions that, if false, are easily checkable by consulting publicly available records.
If this article is made up, they've handed the subject a readymade, slam-dunk libel judgment.
Oh wait, you’re serious?
A Cape Cod house is not huge. Our current home (which we are renting until we buy this summer) was built in 1950, and is a Cape Cod style. If you subtract the master bedroom suite and the living room/bathroom that were added on in later years (70s and 80s), it originally consisted of 2 bedrooms downstairs, a formal dining room, a kitchen, two dormer rooms upstairs, and one bathroom—and none of the 4 original bedrooms were overly big. The house as originally built would have been tiny for our family of six. Assuming that this woman’s house is pretty much the same size as it was when it was built, it probably isn’t the Taj Majal (sp?).
If someone wants to downsize and give their home to a family member, more power to them. This woman likes where she is and she should stay there.
My in-laws (who have no children at home any more) have a five bedroom, three bathroom home on 14.5 acres in Indiana. Tell them they need to give it up for the greater good. They worked their whole lives for that dream.
Oh, sure. The worst is that old piece of gossip about that guy walking on the moon. And that gossip about the Greeks defaulting on their sovereign debt. Whoever discusses that stuff should be embarrassed.
Check back. I'm not the only one who didn't read it that way. But it's all good.
You must have some very nice relatives, or you are very young. We have an average decent family and nice friends; yet I’ve seen versions of this behavior — usually from the in-law wife pushing behind the scenes, in many families.
You are still basing your knowledge on what the media has reported.
Doesn’t FR exist because the media lies and spins?
Why are you so determined to have an opinion on a subject that is beyond your control to know well?
Perhaps some lawyer has been stealing his mother blind and he is worried to death about her and has only one method to break through the barriers to save her. Anything is possible. Reporters don’t even leave their desks to file these stories.
I agree with you. But I think it goes further than that, to resentment of his mother for things long ago in the past.
My wife is executor of her mom's trust, and we care for her. One of her sisters is trying to take control and put her mom in a care facility. Three siblings are conspiring to do this, against two siblings including my wife. The three want her money, the estate in excess of one mil. But the evil daughter is also doing it because she was the black sheep of the family, chastised by both parents for doing bad things as a child. Now, she is trying to do harm to her mom by trying to take away her freedom and money. But we are stopping her; already got one lawyer to back off because my wife is executor and will do all we can to protect my wife's mom and her independence.
Sometimes, just sometimes, a local newspaper reports based on easily-checked public records, as wideawake has pointed out.
Since when is it a crime to come to the defense of an old lady who didn’t start this fight, but stands to be pushed aside unless she has to bother her advanced old age with stress? It’s not like she is a publicity hoe here. Her other son has come to her defense.
What is bothering you so very much about this story? Unless you put your own mother in the street, why the outrage?
People are in sympathy with a 98-year-old who gets served with eviction papers by her own son on her birthday and you think we are haters? God bless you, child.
Calling strangers scum and vermin based on media reports isn’t hatred?
It sure isn’t love, or intelligence.
donna dear, I did not call anyone ‘scum’ or ‘vermin.’ Please direct your nitpicking elsewhere.
And I might also recommend that you read the entire article carefully; since it is obvious that many of the questions you asked have already been answered, such as whether she has a lawyer (her lawyer of record has not been charging her any money at all).
I never said you posted “scum” or “vermin”.
If you want to vouch for the accuracy of the article, do so. My posts point out several reason why you should not risk it.
Finally, I'm not your dear.
My question is why you are still on FR, since so much conservatives believe seems to displease you.
A conservative could respond to the following:
You failed the crunch decision, LOL. I guess you let the crazy man, who is carrying a baby, go back into his house.
Then lets tell the police to not respond to such 911 calls.